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Important Tour Information
Please note the following advice by all means, in order to avoid damage on the yacht and harm to your crew:
- Never drive without nautical charts and please control before you set out for the first time, whether there are nautical charts for the region you intend to visit on board. Make inquiries concerning the weather every day!
- Always look on the nautical chart and on the GPS plotter where you are at a given moment. This is very important in Dalmatia, since many places and islands look alike and mixing up may often be the case when you are approaching.
- If you drive faster than 5 knots (this applies to dinghies as well), you have to keep 300 m distance to the shore, as prescribed by the law. Since 2009, the Croatian Police will sanctionany transgressions with high fines. In case of higher speeds you have to consider shoals as well. Motorized dinghies are to be driven only by persons who have a boat skipper certificate. Children or crew members without a boat skipper certificate are not allowed to drive a motorized boat!
- When approaching a certain place, please note the marked shoals and underwater cliffs. Do not only use the nautical chart for that purpose, but also the manual and read it thoroughly before you approach a port.
- In case of a strong storm and/or bad view it is very important to move away from the shore. There is an old saying where the ship says: "Protect me from the shore and I will protect you from the water."
- In case you don’t know a destination or you have to drive through an unknown area, set out early enough, so you don’t have to drive or arrive by night.
- In case of any defects or damage on the yacht during your charter week, please inform us immediately over the phone, so we can provide spare parts on time. This will guarantee timely reparation of the yacht for the next charter guest. Please keep in mind that you could be the "next" charter guest who is looking forward to a perfectly waited yacht.
Some advice concerning the manoeuvring of the yacht
- Please keep calm in every situation and try not to get very fast when manoeuvring in narrow spaces, but handle the gas very gently. It is much easier to stop a yacht manually if the speed is kept low.
- It is important to bring the gear shift in neutral position when you manoeuvre, in order to keep the yacht moving slowly.
- Please note that it is much easier to correct the direction of the yacht by asserting a reverse gear of the engine, than by asserting more forward gas at the other engine. In the first case, the speed of the yacht remains low; in the second case the yacht might get too much speed.
- Please perform every manoeuvre that you intend in your head first and prepare the necessary ropes and fenders (height of the fenders). Please keep in mind that the yacht weighs several tons and manual stopping is therefore possible only with a great amount of strength.
- Please perform the act of mooring always against the wind and never with the wind. When you are mooring against the wind, you can easily correct the direction of the yacht with the gas level. But when you are mooring with the wind it is much harder to correct the direction or the speed of the yacht, because the speed of the wind adds to the speed of the yacht. The corrections are not easy to reach in this case.
- Please note that the yacht corresponds somewhat later due to its mass. This is why it is necessary to assert the neutral gear every now and then, since it takes some time until the yacht responds to the previously executed manoeuvre.
- Due to the height of the yacht it is very hard to manoeuvre in a small port or a small bay with very strong cross wind. In this case it is necessary to step on the gas even when you are manoeuvring in narrow spaces. But please keep in mind that the yacht always responds after a certain period of time. This is why it is necessary to always just shortly step on the gas when manoeuvring in narrow spaces and then to assert the gas pedal in the idle position. This will guarantee a turn of the yacht in the direction that you want, but it will also prevent the yacht from moving too fast, which would make a manual stopping impossible.
It is very important, especially when mooring under difficult conditions (e.g. with strong wind), to prepare the fenders and the ropes and to prepare the crew for the upcoming manoeuvre. Even the best skipper is no good if after a successful mooring manoeuvre the crew is not able to fasten the yacht in the right way.
An advice from Offshore Botte on how to save fuel
Did you know that a glider does not spend more fuel than a slow trawler at a slow trawler speed which, depending on the size of the yacht, is somewhat between 8 and 10 knots?
You can reduce the diesel consumption of a glider for almost 50% per driven mile, if you drive at a speed of 9 knots, instead of 18 knots. The saving amounts to 2-5 liters per nautical mile; a workable method by which one can counteract the increased diesel prices - and it allows you to focus more on the beauties of nature.
However, particularly unfavorable for a glider is the half-glider speed, i.e. 10-15 knots. Here the machines are strained disproportionately, the yacht does not glide, it crosses a few miles, but consumes almost as much fuel as at a gliding speed, which is an extremely inefficient way of moving that is not recommended under any circumstances.
The diesel fuel consumption of half gliders per driven mile also depends on the speed. At a cozy trawler speed, the yacht needs at least 30-50% less fuel than when you probe the limits of possible speed. A reducing from 14 to 9 knots will save you at least 1-3 liters of fuel per mile driven. So remember: Speed only if it is necessary or if you really enjoy it.